West Germany: Message from Ulbricht

Ever since West German Chancellor Willy Brandt launched his celebrated Ostpolitik eight months ago, he has met vitriolic resistance from the East Germans. No agreement for better relations between the two halves of Germany could be reached, they stubbornly declared, until Bonn grants full diplomatic recognition to East Germany. But last week, in a sudden turnabout, East German Party Boss Walter Ulbricht dropped his old preconditions. In a speech published in Neues Deutschland, the official newspaper of the East German Communist Party, Ulbricht in effect accepted two of the points proposed by Brandt at last month's summit meeting in...

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